Lacking depth in the middle of their defense with the loss of linebacker Brian Cushing, the Texans signed veteran Barrett Ruud Wednesday, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Ruud was just released by the Saints, who acquired him in a trade with Seattle in the preseason. He was a productive starter for six years with the Buccaneers, and spent 2011 with the Titans.
The Texans also released miniscule return man Trindon Holliday, who had three touchdowns in the preseason, but was averaging just 9.2 yards per punt return and 19.4 per kickoff return.
To replace him on the roster, they promoted guard Cody White from the practice squad.